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Haymarket HQ partners with Alibaba Cloud to bring global startup competition to A/NZ

02 Aug 2017

Australian startup hub Haymarket HQ has announced a partnership with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to bring the Create@Alibaba Cloud global startup contest to Australia and New Zealand.

The collaboration will leverage the support of Haymarket HQ’s co-working space, their network of mentors and investors, as well as Alibaba Cloud’s world-class cloud computing expertise and technology ecosystem.

The winner of the ANZ contest will be invited to the Global Final to be held in Shanghai on October 13, where the participants will pitch in front of prominent global investors, gaining the opportunity to expand their networks beyond ANZ.

Up to US$50,000 credit for cloud product resources is on offer for the ANZ winner.

“We see a growing trend in the ANZ region of startups looking to engage with Asian markets.

“By partnering with Alibaba Cloud, one of the largest cloud providers in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, we are helping startups across the region explore new opportunities,” says Duco van Breemen, Haymarket HQ general manager.

Haymarket HQ is Australia’s first not-for-profit startup hub supporting entrepreneurs to grow into Asia.

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Sydney, it offers startups access to co-working space, mentors, investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

“We are pleased to work with Haymarket HQ and expand the Create@Alibaba Cloud programme to the ANZ region this year,” says Raymond Ma, Alibaba Cloud head of ASEAN and ANZ.

“Alibaba Cloud celebrates the innovations of startups in these markets and is committed to providing technologies that stimulate growth.”

Startup companies will be able to submit their applications from now until the August 31.

The ANZ regional competition will take place at Haymarket HQ on September 22, 2017.

Prizes on offer for ANZ startups include:

  • Preferential access to the Alibaba Group’s first round of investment programs and recommendations.
  • Up to US$50,000 credit for cloud product resources from Alibaba Cloud.
  • A round-trip ticket to the 2017 CACSC Final in Shanghai, China.
  • Opportunities to receive training on scaling a business
  • Direct access to well-known investors
  • Complimentary access to co-working space at Haymarket HQ
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